Sleep Apnea Treatment in Orlando, FL
Are you worried that you or your partner may be suffering from sleep apnea? At Overmeyer Family Dental, we can help you get the sleep apnea treatment you need to sleep well! Below we have answered some of the most common questions we hear regarding sleep apnea and how it is treated. Feel free to contact our team with any additional concerns about sleep apnea treatment!
What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs during sleep. The soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep, and the airway is obstructed. This causes the person to stop breathing multiple times, often hundreds of times, each night. The result is excessive tiredness during the day.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, but the condition often goes undiagnosed. It’s important to seek help if you experience symptoms like persistent snoring accompanied by breathing pauses during sleep, waking up multiple times at night choking or gasping, extreme daytime sleepiness, irritability, trouble concentrating, and mood problems.
What are the risk factors of sleep apnea?
Certain people are more at risk of developing sleep apnea than others. Some risk factors are large neck circumference, being overweight or obese, and excessive alcohol and tobacco use. Make sure to talk to Dr. Tom or Dr. Jessica if you are at risk and you experience sleep apnea symptoms. Come in for a sleep apnea evaluation right away to determine how severe your condition is and to start a sleep apnea treatment plan.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
To diagnose sleep apnea, please schedule a visit to our office. We can set you up with a home sleep assessment, designed to record the disturbances in your sleep pattern and determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea. Talk to our team if you think you have sleep apnea and would like to schedule a sleep test.
How is sleep apnea treated?
CPAP is considered to be the most effective sleep apnea treatment for mild to severe. The CPAP machine is a small device that pumps a steady stream of air into the air passages while you sleep. The pressure prevents obstruction and keeps breathing normal throughout the night. CPAP is very effective, but it does not cure sleep apnea. You have to use it continually to relieve symptoms.
The main problem with CPAP, however, is noncompliance. Many patients stop using the device or give up altogether because of feelings of claustrophobia and sleep interruptions due to the noise. Other patients complain of the blast of air blowing down their nose or having rashes while wearing the mask. If you are intolerant to CPAP or have tried it and failed, Overmeyer Family Dental offers oral appliance therapy (OAT) as an alternative sleep apnea treatment.
Oral appliances are nonsurgical devices associated with greater patient satisfaction than CPAP therapy. Oral appliances pull the lower jaw forward or keep the tongue in place to keep the airway open as you sleep. In the case of our ZYPPAH appliance, both happen simultaneously to create an effective, comfortable solution for your sleep apnea.
What will happen if I do not seek treatment for my sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is related to serious conditions like heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. When left untreated, sleep apnea causes a decrease of oxygen throughout the body and puts unnecessary stress on your health. Untreated sleep apnea can even lead to death. Seeking treatment is not only important for your quality of life but also for maintaining a healthy body.